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Brown gets up to speed

GSU B-back ready for challenge of next level

Brown gets up to speed

Brown gets up to speed

Georgia Southern fullback Robert Brow...

    The level of play is higher, but Robert Brown said other than that nothing has really changed.

    “It’s still football,” Brown said. “You’ve got to go out and play and execute and get yourself prepared.”

    A year ago Brown was readying for his senior season at Macon’s Westside High School, a season in which he ran for 1,917 yards and 22 touchdowns in leading the Seminoles to an 11-2 record and an Elite 8 appearance in Class AAAA.

            Now he finds himself in a bigger spotlight as the starting fullback for Georgia Southern in the Eagles’ opener Saturday night with Savannah State. Game time is 6 p.m. at Paulson Stadium.

    “I started my senior season kind of under the radar,” said Brown. “I skipped my junior year so not many people knew about me.

    “Then I started getting recruited,” Brown said. “Appalachian State, Furman and Western Kentucky recruited me the hardest.

    “I had never heard anything from Georgia Southern until Coach (Jeff) Monken was hired. After talking to him and visiting the school it was an easy decision to come here.”

    Eagle fans are anxious to see Brown who has had an impressive pre-season camp.

    Along with quarterback Jaybo Shaw the true freshman will be the focus of Monken’s triple option offense.

    Monken and offensive coordinator Brent Davis both believe Brown has what it takes to be a “special player” for the Eagles.

    “He’s a special kid,” said Monken, echoing Davis’ words. “He’s probably one of the most focused freshmen I’ve ever been around. He tries to absorb everything you tell him.”

    It’s the willingness to pay attention to detail, ask questions and work hard along with his natural ability that has Brown in a starting role.

            The 5-foot-11 ¼ inch, 206 pound Brown —“be sure to get in the quarter inch,” he said, displaying a wry sense of humor — has the tools it takes to be successful as the primary running back in the option, Monken said.

            “He’s got talent,” Monken said. “He’s got good hands and good feet, and he’s a physical kid. He’s tough.”

    While Brown says the adjustment to college football hasn’t been that difficult, he has still found himself swirling at times as he tries to absorb everything that is being thrown at him.

    The biggest adjustment has been in learning the nuances of the offense.

    “There’s no type of offense I’ve ever played in that has prepared me for this,” said Brown when asked about the option. “It’s the biggest challenge I’ve had.

    “Having to get down in a three-point stance has been the biggest change,” Brown said. “Also, knowing your teammates’ assignments, the blocks the linemen are making and what the wide receivers are going to be doing on a play. There’s a lot of bonding.”

    While fans, coaches and his teammates are anxious to see Brown under the lights he doesn’t see himself as anything special.

    “I’m not ‘the’ guy,” he replied when asked what it felt like to be “the” man.”I’m ‘a” guy. I wouldn’t say I’m ‘the’ guy.”

    That remains to be seen.

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